Greek link in French drug haul

Agents in­ves­ti­gat­ing owner of smug­gling boat af­ter 10 Greeks ar­rested in France

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A mo­tor yacht be­lieved to have car­ried al­most 2 tons of co­caine into France be­fore sink­ing ap­pears to be­long to a young Greek with an off­shore com­pany in the Pa­cific, po­lice sources have in­di­cated.

French au­thor­i­ties have al­ready ar­rested 10 Greeks, a Mol­da­vian and a Spa­niard af­ter seiz­ing nearly 2 tons of the drug on June 20 in the Lan­des re­gion on the south­west­ern coast. It is thought that the drugs were brought to shore in speed­boats from a big­ger ves­sel and trans­ported by car to a stash house.

Five of the Greeks and the two other sus­pects were ar­rested near the drop point af­ter of­fi­cers re­spond­ing to an SOS call from a boat dis­cov­ered de­bris and 1.7 tons of co­caine on the beach and the other five in the hide­away, where an­other 180 ki­los of the drug was found.

Greek nar­cotics agents have since been work­ing closely with French au­thor­i­ties to shed more light on the case. What lo­cal au­thor­i­ties know so far is that the 10 Greeks have no known pro­fes­sion or source of in­come. One of them, aged 29, vis­ited Colom­bia in March and an­other, 28, was in Venezuela just weeks be­fore be­ing ar­rested in France. There is also ev­i­dence that Span­ish sus­pect has been in Greece be­fore and may have worked as the go-be­tween for ac­quir­ing the drugs in Latin Amer­ica.

The sus­pected owner of the Is­land Time mo­tor yacht, mean­while, seems to have trav­eled to the is­land of Mar­tinique in March in the ves­sel, which has also been recorded as sail­ing off the coast of Venezuela.

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